The March of Dimes is a well established and well respected organization dedicated to healthy babies. Many look to them for resources concerning pregnancy and health. According to their website, “as many as 1 out of 5 women have symptoms of depression during pregnancy.”
Women in this situation have to decide to take antidepressants or not during pregnancy… They have to weigh the risks of drug side effects and depression.
Although Zoloft increases the risk of certain birth defects such as–Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn (PPHN), congenital heart defects, and cranial defects– medical experts seem to agree that it is also dangerous to “stop taking your medication without first talking to your health provider.”
Depressed women may not take good care of themselves or their growing babies, and some with major depression may even harm themselves. Medical advice is paramount.
Pregnancy and depression are a difficult combination, and one that requires medical advice. The symptoms can range from severe to mild, and if you have ever been depressed before, pregnancy can rekindle the condition.
Depression itself can be harmful to the woman and her baby, and so are some of the medications, like Zoloft.
The March of Dimes advises pregnant women consult a team of medical professionals if possible: “The provider who is caring for her during her pregnancy, a mental health professional, and the provider who will take care of the baby after birth. Together, the team and the woman decide what is best for her and her baby. “